Five dead in Philadelphia shooting: teenage bride and teenage father try to save friend

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A father prepared to walk his eldest daughter down the aisle. Aspiring actor who appeared as an extra in the movie “Creed” series. A teenager who tried to help his injured friend. These are the stories of those who died in another all-too-familiar mass shooting.

Five people were shot Monday in a working-class neighborhood in Philadelphia, making it the deadliest mass shooting in the United States around the Fourth of July holiday. Officials said the shooter, wearing a ski mask and bulletproof vest, appeared to randomly open fire on people on the street and in cars.

Ralph Moralis, 59 years old. Joseph Wummer Jr., 31 years old. Dimir Stanton, 29 years old. Rasheed Merritt, 21 years old. and Dahuan Brown, 15, were killed in the shooting. Four other people, including two two-year-old boys, were also injured.

The shooter was charged Wednesday with multiple charges, including five counts of murder.

Victims’ families are still devastated as they endure a sense of senseless loss.

Ralph Moralis: ‘A man you can count on’

Ralph Moralis’ daughter was to be married on Sunday. But instead of focusing on the joys of her wedding day, she is now making plans for her father’s funeral, said her sister-in-law Karen Gleeson.

When Moralis was gunned down outside his childhood home, all the joy they felt leading up to this momentous event was torn apart. The whole family, including Moralis’ two brothers, were in tears after hearing the news.

“It’s immense,” she said. “I can’t believe I can’t even walk out the front door.”

The 59-year-old spent weeks planning what to wear so as not to fail during rehearsals for his first child’s wedding. Moralis was always happy to lend his hand.

“Whether he needed to build a bike for the kids or his cousin was saying, ‘I have to go to Florida,’ he was the go-to guy.” ? ‘ she said. “He would. He was always there for his family and he was always happy to help.”

Joseph Wummer Jr.: Aspiring Actor with Deep Artistic Talent

Joseph Wummer Jr. knew that acting was his calling. The 31-year-old studied psychology at Chestnut Hill University, but has become active in his hometown Philadelphia acting community, according to his close friend Terrence Harden. He also had a role as an extra in one of the ‘Creed’ movies starring Michael B. Jordan.

Harden, who has known Wummer since high school, said the two bonded through their love of filmmaking. Harden envisioned the two as friends growing old and achieving the level of success they both desired, until Wummer was found dead in her home early Tuesday.

“With such a great attitude, such a positive outlook on life, it seems like luck is on the way,” he said. “That’s why I couldn’t believe this happened to him.”

On Wednesday, Wummer’s twin sister Josephine and another sister, Jasmine, spoke furiously at a press conference for the brothers who gave everyone a smile and a hug.

“I still can’t believe my brother is gone. And I don’t understand why this happened. He was a kind soul. He was kind to everyone,” said Josephine Wummer. rice field.

Wummer also loved to cook, despite having little culinary talent. But his real talent was as an artist, his sister said.

“His cooking was the worst. We still ate it because he just… tried. He couldn’t cook, but he could sketch his butt,” says Josephine Wummer said. “He was very detailed and very passionate. He was very rooted and down to earth. I made it.”

Josephine Wama says she plans to find all of her brother’s artwork and share his talent with the world.

“I just don’t understand how someone could do that to my brother. I really loved him,” she said.

Rashid Merritt: Good Boy

Rasheed Merritt’s mother told Philadelphia’s WPVI-TV that her son was a good boy who loved his family, especially his nieces and nephews. He loved buying presents for Christmas.

Marie Merritt said Rasheed Merritt, who would have turned 22 in September, went out to buy snacks during a break from work on Monday.

“I don’t understand why people have anger inside them. I don’t understand why my neighbors have those kinds of things like guns. I don’t understand it,” Marie Merritt said. . “And you’re just robbing good people.”

She wants the shooting suspect to “rot in jail.” She also thinks about how her son will feel.

“[My heart is]broken. I can feel him saying, ‘Why me?'”

Dajuan Brown: Killed while helping a friend

Dahuan Brown’s mother, Nashaya Thomas, told WCAU-TV her teenage son was walking to the store when the shooting started. Brown had been shot and helped a 13-year-old friend who had been shot twice in the leg.

He was someone people couldn’t help falling in love with.

“He lost his life trying to do a selfless act,” she said. “And so was he when he was here.”


Dupuy reported from New York City. Five dead in Philadelphia shooting: teenage bride and teenage father try to save friend

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